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Being Indian-American: Straying Away from the ‘Big Four’

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If you’re Indian-American and reading this right now then, there is a very good chance that you have either pursued, are pursuing, or have been encouraged by your parents/family to pursue the aforementioned career fields. Our culture has a deep value for these professions, not just because of their noble nature but largely due to their financial and social stability. I mean this makes sense, what parent doesn’t want a stable future for their children? Read More »

Sketchy Desi’s Brown Girl Face Marinade

Sketchy Desi

So on a recent Skype date with my mom and mausi, they peered into their camera scrutinizing the screen and asked, like only brown moms/aunties can, “What’s wrong with your face. Why you look so tired?” the other chiming in with “No look good. Face looking dull, draggy, saggy.” Read More »

Mary Ann’s Bicycle Journey Across North America: Part II


I reached out to Mary Ann midway through her trip as she was making her way across Montana to see how her trip was progressing. Mary Ann said this trip has become something that is changing her perspective beyond what she could have imagined. She is adjusting to biking across North America alone, while spending plenty of time by herself. After three months on the road, she said she does not know if she is “gaining” from her trip, but she knows she is changing. Read More »

8 Reasons South Asian Women Are Beautiful

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Sometimes our greatest insecurities lie within our greatest assets. While our White-American peers are risking skin cancer from skipping on the sun-block, some South Asian girls turn to harmful skin-lightening creams. No woman should feel the need to rely on a list to validate her sense of beauty. Regardless, hearing other perspectives can serve as a gentle reminder that there is beauty in everything. Below are qualities that survey respondents admired in South Asian women. Read More »

Everything You Need to Know About Manish Dayal

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Manish Dayal has graced the big and little screen in an array of roles, from flicks like "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice" and "Walkaway," to guest appearances on our favorite shows (especially crime shows), but it seems Dayal has officially made his grand entrance in Hollywood and has gained the recognition he deserves. Here is everything you need to know about Dayal, who Entertainment Weekly calls, “the next big thing!” Read More »

Gauthami Vemula on Wheatish Complexion and Child Abuse

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Gauthami Vemula is the Founder and Managing Partner of Color Me Safe, LLC, a family crisis consulting firm committed to protecting children and families of North Texas by offering guidance and solutions for child welfare and protection issues. Read More »

Top Ten Quotes Heard at IAAC’s South Asian Literary Festival

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Since New York City has long been known as the literary capital of the world, it only made sense for the Indo-American Arts Council to present the first ever South Asian Literary Festival this past week. The participants and attendees will surely agree, much was shared, great conversations were had and words from writers will never be forgotten. Read More »

Win 2 Tickets to this Year’s South Asian International Film Festival’s Screening


It's that time of the year again, yes, you guessed it right - the South Asian International Film Festival kicks off its 11th year on Tues., Nov. 18 in New York City! To celebrate, we've partnered up with #SAIFF to give you and your friend two tickets to a screening of your choice on Nov. 19 or 21! Read More »

The Warrior-Saint: Profile of Sikh Marathon Runner Simran Jeet Singh

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"Sikhs are warrior-saints," Sonya Kaur said in an assertive, proud tone. At the heart of Kaur’s religion –Sikhism– is the idea of striking a balance between strengthening the body and cultivating the soul. Not only is it a core value of her religion, but also one of the reasons many Sikhs’ are motivated to run. On the morning of the New York marathon on November 2, Kaur and her team of volunteers tracked one particular runner on their mobile devices: Simran Jeet Singh. Read More »

Open Letter To Bobby Jindal: Yes, Louisiana Is Racist

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I learned from a young age that it was not acceptable to be Indian-American in Louisiana. Look around your state. The Indian-Americans who live here largely stay amongst their families and Indian communities. I never had that luxury. I wanted to fit in. Like most minority kids in majority white settings, I wasn't completely sure what I was giving up. I gave up a lot that I hardly even had. Being an Indian-American in Louisiana contributed to a childhood feeling like I never really belonged here like my friends did. Read More »

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